From: Utah Charter Network
To: David Lifferth,
Subject: Before You Panic | Charter School Funding @ the Legislature
Date: Wed Feb 11 02:17:01 MST 2015
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CHARTER  SCHOOL FUNDING DISCUSSIONS on UTAH's CAPITOL HILL.  Official online news and information from Utah Charter Network.

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BEFORE YOU PANIC...DON'T.  BUDGET HEARINGS for CHARTER SCHOOL FUNDING on UTAH's CAPITOL HILL ARE FAR FROM OVER.  JUST BECAUSE A PERSON SAYS SOMETHING DURING A HEARING...DOESN'T MAKE IT SO.

BUDGET HEARINGS

LISTEN TO CHARTER SCHOOL BUDGET TALKS AUDIO ARCHIVE HERE
The above audio link will take you to today's audio archive of the Public Education Appropriations Sub-Committee.  To hear the presentation and discussion on charter school funding, select the 7:30 am tab below the AUDIO PLAYER (located on the left-hand column).
LEGISLATIVE SESSION RESOURCES LINK HERE

FAMILY NIGHT
at the CAPITOL

MONDAY, MARCH 9th

BRING THE ENTIRE FAMILY & BRING YOUR SCHOOL.  Join UTAH CHARTER NETWORK in the Utah State Capitol Rotunda (6:00 pm) for tours and discussions with state Representatives and Senators.  Learn about the legislative process from the people who make the laws!  Call Kim Frank for details (801) 722-8911.

UCN's CALENDAR of EVENTS
LINK HERE TO EVENTS CALENDAR
DIRECTOR's MESSAGE

THE NATURAL TENDENCY AT THIS POINT IN THE SESSION MIGHT BE TO PANIC...BUT DON'T!

We're only 1/3 of the way through the General Session.  So, step back and take a breath.  The Sub-appropriation's discussion this morning was just that...a discussion.  As many of the members of the committee explained, switching to ADM + Growth from Oct. 1 Count (or any other new formula) is a significant policy shift and will more than likely be discussed by the entire legislature, not just a 20 minute presentation in a "sub" committee.  These are important discussions.  They need to be had in a public forum; however, legislators have a tendency to listen and discuss, research and deliberate, before making seismic changes to education funding.  Funding, by the way, that not only affects charter schools but district schools as well.

Take my word for it.  There will be a lot more to discuss over the next couple weeks.  That's why I'm at the Capitol (and have been for 12 years) looking out for your best interests.  We need to address these "new ideas" carefully--for sure.

Please, when you contact legislators, remember these few things:

  • Contacting your specific legislator is more effective than contacting random lawmakers
  • Let them know in the SUBJECT line that you are a constituent
  • Be respectful
  • Have thoughtful, well structured (and researched) arguments
  • Use e-mail to contact your representatives (House and Senate)
  • Keep your e-mails short and concise

TO FIND YOUR LEGISLATORS at the STATE LEGISLATURE WEBSITE.  You may click on the "LEGISLATIVE SESSION RESOURCES LINK HERE" BUTTON IN THE LEFT-HAND COLUMN.

The discussion on Charter School funding is FAR from over.  So, don't panic and stay informed.  We'll let you know what's going on...like we always have.

If you'd like to stay informed (in real-time) during the session you may click on the resource link available in the top left-hand column of this newsletter.

We will hold weekly uberconference session updates...so you can ask any questions you like.  Our Friday at 3:00 pm legislative uberconference updates may be found AT THIS LINK.

REMEMBER TO JOIN US for Family Night at the Capitol on Monday evening, March 9th.

Check out our website and get educated on the lawmaking process.  As always you may call me at (801) 722-8911 or email me at kim@utahcharternetwork.com.

- Kim Frank

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